Dr. Richard Pan Makes Statement on Referendum Filed Against SB 276

Referendum needs 623,212 valid California voter signatures to qualify for the 2020 ballot

September 11, 2019

SACRAMENTO, CA – Dr. Richard Pan, State Senator representing the Sacramento area and author of Senate Bill 276 made the following statement in regards to the referendum filed today against Senate Bill 276:

“It is the right of any Californian to file a referendum against a law, however opponents failed in their referendum against SB 277, failed in recalling me in 2016, and failed in four lawsuits, which resulted in strong rulings by the Second and Third District courts of appeal upholding the constitutionality of SB 277. 

During the legislative debate over SB 276, California voters saw opponents of the bill use fear, threats and discredited claims to try to defeat the legislation. Even more Californians support these vaccine policies today than in 2015 as demonstrated in PPIC polling which shows 67 percent in support in 2015 and 73 percent in support earlier this year.  

California voters don’t want a privileged few to take away the freedom and right of all Californians to be safe from contagious, preventable disease.”


Dr. Richard Pan is a parent, small business owner, former UC Davis educator and pediatrician who represents Sacramento, West Sacramento, Elk Grove and unincorporated areas of Sacramento County in the state legislature and is the Chair of the Senate Health Committee. As a legislator, Dr. Pan continues to practice medicine at WellSpace Health Oak Park Community Clinic, pursuing his passion for working with families to build healthier communities.